CIS Excellence Awards Welcome New Board Members for 2017

January 23, 2017
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Kevin MacGillivray

The CIS Excellence Awards has this week announced the arrival of two new members of the Advisory Board.

Federation of Chefs Scotland President, Kevin MacGillivray, and ‘UK Masterchef: The Professionals’ winner, Gary Maclean, accepted invitations to join the independent panel of experts tasked with appraising the entries.

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City of Glasgow College senior chef-lecturer Gary, 45, beat nearly 50 other professional chefs after seven weeks of culinary challenges in the BBC TV show.

The 45-year-old father of six said he was surprised to have been asked to join the Advisory Board: ‘It’s an honour; I’ve looked up to others members throughout my career and I’ve been asked to join at the most exciting time for food in Scotland in my whole career. With a career spanning stints as head chef in Glasgow’s Yes and October restaurants, in addition to extensive work for the GI Group of bars and restaurants, Gary is now noticing an upturn in the popularity of culinary careers in Scotland:

‘Edinburgh has been a guiding light for more than 10 years and now, there are many young chefs opening up restaurants all over the country, especially in Glasgow, and the food is often magnificent.’

What will Kevin be looking for as a judge? ‘People who are pushing the boat out, rewriting the rules, being adventurous, putting their heads above the parapet and going beyond the accolades they already have.’

He added: ‘The CIS Awards is a massive night in the hospitality calendar’ it’s one of the key events of the year with a special atmosphere.’

Others on the Advisory Board include, among others: Wendy Barrie; Stephen Carter; James Thomson and Yvonne Traynor. You can see the full line-up here:

As Scotland’s annual competition combining the catering, hospitality and tourism industries, the CIS Excellence Awards are seen as the ultimate accolade for Scottish hotels, restaurants, gastro pubs, chefs and other organisations. Entries for the CIS Excellence Awards 2017 close on 10th March. The presentation dinner will be held on Thursday 25th May at the Glasgow Hilton. Visit www.cis-excellenceawards.com/nominations/the-categories/to enter.

The new members of the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board are:

Kevin MacGillivray, Regional Executive Chef, Macdonald Hotels & FCS President

Having worked in the catering industry for more than 30 years, Kevin (pictured right) joins the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board at a time when chefs’ skills are more important than ever. Known for his tenure as executive chef at Ballathie House Hotel in Perthshire, he consistently achieved high standards and sought to mentor young talent for the Scottish catering industry.

A previous recipient of the Scottish Chef of the Year and Flavour of Scotland Awards, he joined the board of the Federation of Chefs Scotland in 1999, taking up the role of President a decade later.

Well-versed in culinary contests, first as an integral member and now director of the Scottish culinary team, Kevin has also served as a judge of various competitions including ScotHot’s World Culinary Grand Prix and has just been appointed the only A-class judge in Scotland by World Chefs.

As a director of VisitScotland’s former EatScotland quality scheme, he visited a broad spectrum of establishments around the country, assessing and advising on standards, helping each operator to make improvements within their business. A series of senior managerial and consultancy roles followed and he currently serves as regional executive chef for MacDonald Hotels looking after five of the company’s flagship establishments.

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Gary MacLean, Senior Lecturer, City of Glasgow College

A highly motivated educator with over 15 years’ teaching and two decades’ competition experience, Gary’s ethos in culinary education is aimed at putting the learner first.

Previously executive chef for two of Scotland’s largest restaurant companies, Gary has also worked in various demanding events with teams of students, including the British Open 2012-2014, the Scottish Chefs’ Conference 2011-2014 and Glasgow 2014. A past victor of the Brakes Student Challenge, Nestlé’s Toque d’Or and the Royal Canapé Competition at Buckingham palace, most recently he represented Scotland in the Nations’ Cup USA, helping to win it for the second time.

A culinary arts coach with World Skills, he won Chef Lecturer of the Year at the Craft Guild Awards and is the current UK Masterchef: The Professionals champion.

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

The CIS Excellence Awards 2017 In Partnership with Caterer.com Are Now OPEN For Entries!

January 9, 2017

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Entries and nominations for the 14th annual CIS Excellence Awards, in partnership with Caterer.com, are now OPEN.

Aimed at ALL types of established and emerging businesses and individuals involved in Scotland’s catering, hospitality and tourism industries – from chefs, foodie pubs, colleges and caterers, to restaurants, hotels, software developers, food manufacturers, training companies, local authorities, tea rooms, guest houses, etc – there is a category to suit you or your business.

And this year, in addition to the return of the Young Chef of the Year Award sponsored by Brakes Scotland that we introduced in 2016, we welcome two new category sponsors:

Green Tourism: The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind and partner to over 2,000 eco-friendly accommodation providers and attractions in the UK and abroad.

Kafoodle: An innovative, easy-to-use software system that supports chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs in the management of their menus and allergen compliance.

Full award categories, criteria and sponsor details are now available here.

The closing date for entries is Friday 10th March 2017.

The 2017 categories are as follows:

* The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice Scotland

* The Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Mazars and the Royal Bank of Scotland

* The Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment. *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

* The Hospitality Educator of the Year Award. *This award is available for sponsorship*

* The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

* The Trainee and Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

* The Pub-Restaurant Excellence Award, sponsored by KraftHeinz

* The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by Green Tourism and Seafood Scotland

* The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Kafoodle

* The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance and Davidson Asset Management

* The Young Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland

* The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Hoshizaki Gram

* The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

* The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

* The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey Ltd

* The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

ENTRIES FOR THE CIS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2017 TO OPEN ON 9th JANUARY!

January 5, 2017

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Entries and nominations for the 2017 CIS Excellence Awards will open on Monday 9th January at 9am. Criteria and sponsor info for the 16 categories are available now and entries can be submitted through the online forms. If you have any queries in the meantime, email alex@cis-excellenceawards.com or for sponsorship enquiries, email gordon@cis-excellenceawards.com. Event enquiries for the awards ceremony on 25th May can be directed to amanda@jmdeventsltd.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your nominations for the 2017 Awards.

 

 

The Winners of the CIS Excellence Awards 2016, in partnership with Caterer.com

May 27, 2016

The Winners of the CIS Excellence Awards 2016, in partnership with Caterer.com

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The 13th CIS Excellence Awards were presented last night at a ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow. Presented by Radio Forth DJ Grant Stott and BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer, the event was the culmination of five months of nominations and rigorous judging by the Awards Advisory Board.

The results are as follows:

The Young Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland

  Winner:            Adam Newth, The Tayberry Restaurant, Angus

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Finalists:          Jonathan Ferguson, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

Mikaela Wright, The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

 

The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

Winner:            Entier

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Finalists:          Aramark at Aegon

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The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest Scotland

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Winner: Gusto Artisan Foods

Highly Commended: Eat Balanced Ltd

Finalist: Pickering’s Gin

 

The Banqueting & Events Chef Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & PIDY

Winner:            Craig Gibb, The Orde Food Company

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Finalists:          Bruce Lawrence, Entier

James Murphy, The Grand Central Hotel

 

The Training and Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

Winner:            Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge

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Finalists:          Elior UK

Entier, Aberdeen

 

The Pub Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

Winner:            Mhor 84, Balquidder

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Finalist:            The Boat Inn, Aboyne

The Crinan Seafood Bar, Argyll

 

The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

Winner:            Ross Sneddon, The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

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Finalists:          Iain Baillie, Tantrum Doughnuts Ltd, Glasgow

                             Chris Stewart, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

Helen Vass, Number 16, Glasgow

 

The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance & DAM

Winner:            The Torridon, Wester Ross

Independent Hotel of the Year Award

Finalists:          Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Benderloch

Killiecrankie Hotel, Perthshire

The Special Award, sponsored by Compass in Scotland

   Winner:  Neil Thomson

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The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by CH&Co Group and Seafood Scotland

Winner:            The Captain’s Galley, Scrabster

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Finalists:          BaxterStorey Scotland

The Torridon, Wester Ross

 

The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

Winner:                        IX, The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

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Highly Commended:   The Printing Press, Edinburgh

Finalists:                      Firebrick Brasserie, Lauder

 

The Hospitality Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Entier

Winner:            Gordon McIntyre, City of Glasgow College

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Finalists:          Gary Maclean, City of Glasgow College

Ian Pirrie, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

 

The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Gram

Winner:            The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

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Finalists: Blythswood Square, Glasgow

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel, Aberfoyle

 

The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Winner:            Number One at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

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Finalists:          Café St Honore, Edinburgh

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Benderloch

The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Mazars and The Royal Bank of Scotland

Winner:                        John Forteith, Bidvest Scotland

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Highly commended:   Aneta Broncel, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

Finalists:                      Stephanie Stubbs, Hickory Ltd, Edinburgh

 

The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey

Winner:            Ian McAndrew, Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquhar

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Finalists:          Bruce Lawrence, Entier Services Aberdeen

Alan Gibb, Gleneagles

Fred Berkmiller, l’escargot bleu, Edinburgh

The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

Winner:            Bruce Sangster

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CH&CO Group Join as Co-Sponsor of Sustainable Business Category

May 9, 2016

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CH&Co Group have joined the CIS Excellence Awards as co-sponsor of the Sustainable Business Award. The Berkshire-based group – whose own ethos incorporates a strong emphasis on sustainable practices and environmentally friendly policies – joins Seafood Scotland as co-sponsors of the category.

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Kenny Leamy, CH&Co Group’s Head of Operations in Scotland (pictured left), said: ‘Sustainability is important to us as a company, so we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Sustainable Business Award at the CIS Excellence Awards.’

A portfolio of specialist businesses designed to provide the ideal catering, event or service solution for business & industry, education, healthcare, venues, and visitor attractions, CH&Co Group employs almost 5,000 people working across 450 locations throughout the UK and Ireland.  Originally established in 1991 as Charlton House, the company now operates a number of well-known brands within the foodservice sector, including: Ampersand; Catermasters; Charlton House; Chester Boyd; Host; Lusso; ITA*, and Via360.

Visit www.cateringscotland.com and www.chandco.net for more information.

HRH Prince Andrew Tweets Support For CIS Awards Finalist

May 5, 2016

HRH Prince Andrew has Tweeted his support for a finalist in the 2016 CIS Excellence Awards. In a message posted on 4th May, the Duke – who established the tech-friendly initiative Pitch@Palace three years ago to help grow innovative technology companies – wished good luck to Gusto Artisan, the Edinburgh-based street food company.

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Shortlisted in the CIS Business Innovation category, sponsored by Bidvest Scotland, Gusto Artisan Foods was founded in 2012 by Rachael and Steve Cousins.

Visit www.pitchatpalace.com, www.gustoartisan.com and www.bidvest.co.uk for more information.

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The CIS Excellence Awards, in partnership with Caterer.com: The Shortlist 2016

April 29, 2016

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Finalists 2016

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The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

  • Aramark at Aegon, Edinburgh
  • Entier Services, Aberdeen
  • SUBWAY Scotland, Edinburgh

The Training and Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

  • Elior UK
  • Entier Services, Aberdeen
  • Ibis Hotel, Edinburgh

The Pub Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

  • The Boat Inn, Aboyne
  • Mhor 84, Balquhidder
  • The Seafood Bar at the Crinan Hotel, Argyll

The Group Hotel Award, sponsored by Gram Refrigeration

  • The Balmoral, Edinburgh (Rocco Forte Hotels)
  • Blythswood Square, Glasgow (Principal Hayley Group)
  • The Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel, Aberfoyle

The Independent Hotel Award, co-sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance & Davidson Asset Management (DAM)

  • Isle of Eriska, Argyll
  • Killiecrankie Hotel, Perthshire
  • The Torridon, Wester Ross

The Restaurant Newcomer Award, sponsored by Sodexo

  • Firebrick Brasserie, Lauder
  • IX Restaurant at the Chester Hotel, Aberdeen
  • The Printing Press, Edinburgh

The Hospitality Educator Award, sponsored by Entier

  • Gary Maclean, City of Glasgow College
  • Gordon McIntyre, City of Glasgow College
  • Ian Pirrie, The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

The Banqueting and Events Chef Award. co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & Pidy

  • Craig Gibb, The Orde Food Company, Kelso
  • Bruce Lawrence, Entier
  • James Murphy, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

  • Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh
  • Isle of Eriska, Argyll
  • Number One at the Balmoral, Edinburgh

The Patisserie Chef Award, sponsored by Callebaut

  • Iain Baillie, Tantrum Doughnuts, Glasgow
  • Ross Sneddon, The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Chris Stewart, The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine
  • Helen Vass, Number 16 Restaurant, Glasgow

The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest Scotland

  • Eat Balanced, Glasgow
  • Gusto Artisan, Edinburgh
  • Pickering’s Gin, Edinburgh

The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by CH&Co Group and Seafood Scotland

  • BaxterStorey, Edinburgh
  • The Captain’s Galley, Scrabster
  • The Torridon Hotel, Wester Ross

The Young Chef Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland

  • Mikaela Wright, The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Jonathan Ferguson, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder
  • Adam Newth, The Tayberry Restaurant, by Dundee

The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Mazars and The Royal Bank of Scotland

  • Aneta Broncel, the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine
  • John Forteith, Bidvest Scotland
  • Stephanie Stubbs, Hickory Food, Edinburgh

The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey

  • Fred Berkmiller, L’Escargot Bleu, Edinburgh
  • Alan Gibb, Gleneagles
  • Bruce Lawrence, Entier
  • Ian McAndrew, Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquhar

The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

The winner of this award will be announced on the night of 26th May at the Hilton Glasgow.

 

For more information on the ceremony, sponsors and Awards Advisory Board, visit www.cis-excellenceawards.com, or call 0800 130 3731.

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CIS Excellence Awards Shortlist Delay

April 21, 2016

 

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The release of the shortlist of finalists for the 2016 CIS Excellence Awards has been postponed from Monday 25th April until later in the week. According to a member of the Awards Advisory Board, the delay has been caused by the increased number of entries received this year, and the clash of judging schedules with the Easter holidays.

An exact date for the release has yet to be confirmed but it is, according to the Board, likely to be Thursday 28th or Friday 29th April.

Organisers have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

For more information in the meantime, check the news pages of this website, follow @CISAwards or call 0800 130 3731.

CIS Awards Website Busy on Last Day of Entries

March 11, 2016

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The CIS Excellence website is very busy today for obvious reasons, so if you’re having trouble using the online entry forms, email your nomination to: nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com or call 0131 561 7348 or 07791 103 999.

 

Many thanks.

Hilton Glasgow Booking Discount Code Released for CIS Excellence Awards 2016

March 8, 2016

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The new accommodation discount code has been released by the Hilton Glasgow for this year’s CIS Excellence Awards.

Promotional Code: ACIS16

Visit http://tinyurl.com/j5l9z9s to book direct.

Call 0141 204 5555 for any accommodation enquiries.